The day I told Taylor I was pregnant, we decided to make a trip to Babies R’ Us. To do what exactly? Well, nothing, because I was barely 6 weeks pregnant. Nothing except wander around that store wide-eyed with freshly impregnated grins on our faces. And it was sweet! Oh so sweet. 
 
But also – totally overwhelming. 
 
The world of baby “stuff” is huge. HUGE. And as you’ve probably guessed – most of it is total crap. Because the truth is, the only baby gear you actually need are diapers and milk. But the rest of it? It’s sure nice to have. 
 
Over the past 6 months, we’ve found things we love and hate, and eventually figured out what our essentials are when it comes to the world of baby gear. And while every baby is different (duh), there are a few pieces of baby paraphernalia I’ve fallen in love with, and would recommend in a heartbeat.
 
(*Disclaimer: These are my personal favorite baby-related items. In case you were unaware, every baby, mom, family, and household dynamic is different. You might hate sometime I love and love something I hate. If that’s the case, just try not to get your panties in a wad. THANKS!)
 

Rock & Play 

Ah, the Rock & Play. Every man, woman, and child loves the Rock & Play. Zoey slept in the RnP for the first week or so of her life, and napped in it all day every day for at least the first 3 months. I loved how easily it folded up and moved from room to room. We were gifted the nicer model that vibrates, makes noise, and rocks on its own, and I have to say – TOTALLY worth it. Because there’s really nothing better than a sweet sleeping baby.
 

City Mini Stroller 

THE BEST STROLLER. I did a lot of stroller (and car seat) research, and I just kept coming back to The City Mini. Depending on your budget, it might be considered bit of a splurge, but go to the store and play with it and you’ll see it’s AMAZING.  It reclines almost completely flat and has a massive sun canopy, and couldn’t be easier to use. It’s super lightweight, compact, folds very simply (one handed), and adapts to just about any car seat. I use this stroller all the time, both indoor and outdoor, and truly can’t say enough good things about it.
 

Maxi-Cosi Mico AP Infant Car Seat

Like I said, I did a lot of car seat research, and eventually landed on the Maxi-Cosi Mico AP. It’s incredibly lightweight (one of the lightest infant carriers on the market!), which, aside from safety, was the biggest deciding factor for me. It’s also super plush and sleek looking – I LOVE the all black.
 
Because we’re in Texas, I wanted to look for a car seat made of a cool and breathable fabric. This one almost reminds me of a dri-fit material, and it’s stayed cool on even the hottest summer days. Another bonus – how easy it is to remove and wash the padding, which turned out to be a necessity for my little spit-up queen.
 
I went back and forth a LOT in the beginning about if we really needed a carrier or whether it would be wiser to use a convertible car seat right from the start. Ultimately, I’m so glad we went with the carrier. I know this is different for everyone, but since Zoey was born in February, I would have hated to hate to take her out of her warm and cozy car seat for every little errand. We have been so happy with our choice, and when it’s time for her to move up to a convertible, we’ll definitely stick with this brand!
 

Halo Bassinest

Baby sleep is (aside from breastfeeding v formula feeding) quite possibly one of the most controversial new parent topics. The co-sleeping/bed sharing/crib sleeping arguments make my head spin, and as with almost every aspect of parenting – you find what works for you.
 
But no matter what your long-term goals are for baby sleep, most babies end up in mom and dad’s room for at least a brief period in the beginning. For us, co-sleeping with Zoey in her bassinet next to the bed worked incredibly well. I loved having her close by, but still in her own little space, and she actually slept in our room until 5 months.
 
The Halo Bassinest has been the very best. We received comments on it from nearly every person who came and visited us in the early days. The fact that it swivels and scoots right up to the mattress has made having her in our tiny master bedroom SO easy. Plus, the lowering mesh side walls also made for easy baby-staring, a new mom pasttime.:) 
 

Aden + Anais Easy Swaddle 

I think that most babies enjoy being swaddled at some point or another, and after trying out a handful of swaddles we were gifted, we eventually discovered that this one was our favorite. The light weight muslin material is perfect for a warm house or climate, and the snaps made it a breeze to put on. 
 
And once Zoey started to get superrrrr wiggly and began to bust out of the swaddle, we switched to the Magic Merlin, which also became an instant favorite! 
 

Burp Rags

For us, burp rags are LIFE. Zoey was a spit up queen, and while that’s improved as she’s gotten older, she’s still an unpredictable mess. Even now that she’s spitting up less, we’ve got drool to deal with. In my experience, I could never EVER have enough burp rags. These Carter’s burp rags from Target are a favorite, because if you have to have a vomit rag, it ought to at least be cute. 
 

Skip Hop Changing Station 

I had no idea how much I would come to love a little portable changing station. Rather than lugging a big diaper bag everywhere, it’s so nice to be able to grab the portable changing station for quick errands. It’s big enough for a small diaper stash, wipes, and even a spare onesie or two. I never ever ever leave home without it. I know there are plenty of brands that make them, but Skip Hop is the one we were gifted, and we’ve loved it! 
 

Covered Goods Cover 

This was a simple and fairly inexpensive little accessory that I wound up using a TON. I used it mostly as a car seat cover, but it makes a great nursing cover too! I haven’t used it much as a cover because with my wiggly child, covering has become way more trouble than its worth but this one is stretchy, light weight, and absolutely adorable. It’s tiny enough to fold up easily and toss in the diaper bag, and I love that I’ll get to use it as a shopping cart cover once she’s sitting up on her own.
 

Wet Bag

Because we cloth diaper, a wet bag was a must-have for toting around dirty diapers. BUT – wet bags are not just for cloth diapering! Babies are hella messy, especially in the early days. We were going through onesies and burp rags like toilet paper, and a wet bag is SO nice for tossing dirty laundry into when you’re on the go. It contains the smell, is machine washable, and a little more eco-friendly than a plastic bag. And because they’re so affordable, I’d recommend one to any new parent! 
 

Solly Baby Wrap & Lille Baby Carrier

BABY WEARING SAVES LIVES. If this is the only thing you learn from this post, so be it. Because I repeat – baby wearing saves lives.
 
Now that we’ve gotten that ode to baby wearing out of the way, onto my personal favorites! A woven carrier a must for when they are teeny tiny and the Solly was our pick. I fell in love with their Instagram when I was pregnant and actually wound up buying TWO different colors. And if I have another baby, I’ll probably end up buying another one. I love the Solly. It’s cute, easy to use, light weight, and an instant baby-soother. The Solly website says that their wraps are designed for the first year of life (up to 25 pounds), and I don’t see us stopping anytime soon! 
 
Once Zoey was a little bit bigger, we decided to also invest in a structured carrier. The Lille Baby is similar to the Ergo, but a bit more affordable. We went with the Airflow model, because it received rave reviews for being cool and breathable. So far we’ve only used it for inward facing, but we’ll be able to use it for outward and back carrying in the future as well! 
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Diaper Pails 

Diaper pails – the biggest scam of all. After all it’s really just a glorified over-priced trashcan with an expensive and complicated refill process. I know people swear by their diaper genies or whatever fancy poop disposal system they have, but it just feels unnecessary to me. 
 
It’s significantly cheaper to just buy a nice trash can and use regular trash bags –  you can even use the scented ones if you’re worried about smell. Because we cloth diaper, a diaper pail didn’t make much sense for us anyway. Instead, we opted for this metal step trash can from Target and a these reusable pail liners. The trash can is actually cute, and we’ve never once been able to smell anything in the room.
 

Baby Swings

Swings are great, I don’t think there’s a baby in the world who doesn’t like the swing – BUT, they’re also expensive and bulky. A friend gave us their used one, which we used occasionally, but it was never our saving grace like the Rock & Play was. I didn’t like that it can’t be moved easily from room to room, and are also think they can be kind of an eye-sore. I know people who would put baby swings #1 on their list, but for us, that just wasn’t the case. 
 

Baby Bathtubs

When it comes to baby bathing – I actually just hop in the tub with Zoey. We registered for the Puj tub, which we used for a few weeks. But when they’re that little they are SO slippery, which makes trying to hold them upright in a baby tub almost impossible. I took an herbal bath with Zoey right after she was born, and kept remembering how much easier it was to be in the water holding her. So finally I tried it, and that’s how we’ve been doing baths ever since. In the beginning, I had Taylor sit outside the tub and help me, but after a couple times we got into a rhythm and tub time is second nature now. 
 
I definitely have nothing against baby tubs, we just found out that mom and baby bathtime worked better for us. If you think that you’ll be more comfortable with a tub, I do think that the Puj is the best option out there because it’s soft, fits in almost any sink, and stores completely flat. 
 

Wipe Warmers 

Poor Zoey. Her little butt knows nothing but cold wipes. Don’t worry, it’s just my way of preparing her for the cold, harsh reality of the world. It’s a parenting technique.;) 
 
And that’s it! There are a million other little things I could talk/rant about, so if you have specific questions, feel free to ask! And happy registering to all you expecting mamas out there!
 
LOVE&HUGS,
 
Nat
 
*Last disclaimer, I’m not savvy enough to set up affiliate links, so I’m receiving no kind of commission for this post or any resulting clicks. This advice was 100% free to you, so YOU’RE WELCOME.
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  • I really don’t know why wipe warmers are a thing. Maybe in Alaska or, like, the North Pole. And yes to diaper pails! We just used a trash can from Target and a regular trash bag and it’s totally fine.ReplyCancel

  • Amen to the Rock n Play. I didn’t think we’d need it, but whew buddy did it save our lives. And yes to the scam of diaper pails! Why? WHY? It’s so dumb. Our $10 Walmart trash can is so much better.ReplyCancel

  • Kelli

    Thank you so much for posting this!! I was just gifted a Solly wrap and I am excited to use it. Where do you get all of Zo’s cute headbands?? I love that they aren’t the typical “flower bigger than head” bows that you see on a lot of baby girls. Hers are so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Ah I love this. Mostly because it reassured me haha. We got the same stroller and car seat and opted not to get a swing for those same reasons.ReplyCancel

  • We did the same thing when I told my husband I was pregnant! I didn’t find out about the Rock-n-play until after my son was born, but once I did, it was a lifesaver!ReplyCancel

  • HEATHER

    not that im “with child” but great post for momma’s to be!ReplyCancel

  • Great post and very helpful for someone like me who is currently trying to finish her baby registry. I agree, baby gear is SO overwhelming! :PReplyCancel

  • Sara

    Hey there! Are you still going no ‘poo?ReplyCancel

Another weekend has come and gone, and what do I have to show for it?
PICTURES OF COURSE. 

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Friday was Taylor’s birthday, so most of the weekend was spent celebrating my mustachioed hunk of a husband. Taylor is one of those pain in the ass kinda guys that despises big celebratory hoopla, and I’m one of those wives who wants to strangle the low-key right out of him.

But marital compromise is the name of the game, so on Saturday we had a small birthday get-together with family and friends to celebrate the big 2-7. It was the manliest of celebrations featuring burgers, hot dogs, beer, and mustache cups (courtesy of Zoey’s mustache themed baby shower). 

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Our family all joined us for the festivities. They claimed they were there to celebrate Taylor but COME ON. We all know who they were there for. 

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No birthday cake is complete without last minute makeshift candles, but we demolished that cookie cake and about 847 beers, and I was reminded in the morning exactly how old is too old to stay awake past midnight. The answer is whatever age you have a baby. Cause this little girl is unforgiving when it comes to hangovers. 

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Luckily we had a pretty mellow Sunday planned. We laid in bed as long as possible, and then headed over to a friend’s house to lounge around their pool. Zoey seems to be totally indifferent when it comes to the water. She’s so chill, it almost seems as if she doesn’t even realize she’s in the pool. But I hate the ordeal of lathering every last inch of her in sunscreen, and I’m terrified of the possibility of a sunburnt baby, so we were only in the water for a little while before retreating back to the shade.

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By the way – happy August! Even though August is definitely NOT fall, it’s one step closer to fall, the greatest of seasons. Plus this month feels like the excitement of the entire summer finally coming to a head. We’ve got plans for just about every weekend, our first family trip, Zoey turning 6 months old (NOOOO) and work is busy busy busy! So buckle up, August is gonna be a wild one!

Happy Monday y’all! 

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • So you are telling me I can still have my weekly Sunday nap after I have a baby? Because those are my favourite. Also I had to laugh at your hungover with a baby snapchat.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Hahahaha well what I’m telling you is that after 6 months you might get a fluke afternoon that allows you to pass out on the couch – so YES! ;)ReplyCancel

  • HEATHER

    Happy B-day to Taylor!ReplyCancel

Sooooooo truth be told it was a busy weekend, but not necessarily the kind of busy that’s worth talking about. Like, dog-sitting for my in-laws, doing umpteen loads of laundry, and snapchatting the hell out of my baby. 

So rather than try really hard to make diaper changes and grocery shopping sound exciting, I figured I’d cut the chit chat and share a few photo highlights from our weekend. 

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After wayyyy too many days on shift, we finally got this guy back, and celebrated with a little family walk. 

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Lazy Saturday morning hangs with this thumb-loving babe.

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Saturday night, my mom came to visit, so Zo and I took her to one of our favorite restaurants for a girl’s dinner.

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And Zoey’s face when my mom asked, “So are we getting dessert?” PRICELESS.

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Happy Monday! 

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • karlee

    Zoe is so precious! I was just wondering, do you use cloth diapers? I don’t have babies yet (but want them eventually!) and I’d love to see a post on stuff like thatReplyCancel

    • natalie

      We do!! I’ve thought about blogging about it, but didn’t know if a post on baby poop would be of interest haha, but maybe it will! :)ReplyCancel

      • Brittany Ann

        I TOTALLY would read a blog post about cloth diapers!! We cloth diaper over here and would love to hear someone else’s opinion and experience with them!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly

    Your baby is so stinking cute I can’t handle it.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Girl, I can just BARELY handle it. She’s the best. :)ReplyCancel

  • Those tiny little headbands! Swoooon!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      She’s dressed better than me a solid 99% of the time!ReplyCancel

  • Aubrey

    I have missed your posts so much! I first got into your blog through running and then while I was planning my wedding, I stalked the hell out of your wedding posts lol. Now that I’m married and looking forward to having children, I am LOVING all that you are posting; your daughter is just SO ADORABLE!ReplyCancel

Hey-o it’s Friday! Everybody’s favorite day. We’re headed into a much much much much much needed weekend, so how about celebrating with a few Friday Favorites?

Radiolab Presents: More Perfect

Y’all – I’m not a fan of podcasts…I am a podcast JUNKIE. So much to where I pretty much no longer listen to music. It is always and forever, a podcast. I love Radiolab, and this recent spin-off tells the stories behind some of the Supreme Court’s biggest rulings. If you have a long commute, or like me – just can’t stand silence, More Perfect is absolutely worth a listen.

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Passion Peach Iced Tea 

The average July temperature here is about a thousand and one degrees, so I’m drinking iced any and everything. When I’m not in the mood for iced coffee (rare, but yes it does happen) I usually opt for a passion iced tea. Recently I tried it with just a little bit of peach and holy refreshment, it is delicious! 

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Cooked 

I think everybody knew about Cooked but me, but this show? It’s AWESOME. What sounds like something you’d find on Food Network is actually a 4 part documentary about the traditions and evolution of cooking. It’s super eye opening, surprisingly scientific, and has me totally inspired to spend more time in the kitchen.  

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New Nursery Wall Art

My friend Katie has the cutest Etsy shop, and after taking a long and well-deserved break for maternity leave, she’s back in business starting July 25! She makes gorgeous custom watercolors, but is also adding something new…these beautiful custom painted wood slices!

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I’ve been so lazy about making girly changes to the nursery since Zoey was born. Partly because it was pretty gender neutral to begin with, but also because who has time to decorate with an infant? Well, plenty of people, you might say. But none of whom are me. 

Anyway, this week Katie made this perfect floral Z this week for Zo’s room, and I’m SO excited to finally have something to fill the blank space where the “W” once was. And my apologies for taking this photo in the absolute worst lighting of the day, but still – it’s so pretty! 

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Daring Greatly

If you’ve ever watched one of Brene Brown’s TED talks, you know her books are good stuff. Daring Greatly has gotten a ton of hype, and I have to say it’s been a great read! I find myself making my way through it very slowly, going back, re-reading, and underlining a ton. It’s definitely a thoughtful read, but one that I highly highly recommend.

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Dallas Clayton Instagram

Everyone needs a few feel-good Instagram accounts in their feed, right?  Well look no further than Dallas Clayton. He’s a children’s book author/illustrator, and creative genius, and his posts always make me smile. 

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And that’s it for Friday Favorites! I hope everyone has an amazing weekend! Sleep in a little, have a second glass of wine, and go make some memories for Monday, okay?

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • HEATHER

    Thanks for the podcast recommendation. I love all the crime/criminal podcasts i can find like Criminal, Undisclosed and Serial. Ill have to check More Perfect out!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Girl it is SOOOOOOO good. I genuinely feel like I’m learning so much about the criminal justice system and federal law, it’s so interesting!ReplyCancel

  • That tea is my favorite, especially during the summer! So delicious!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      YASSSSSS girl! The only problem is that coffee in the morning + tea in the afternoon = me spending all of my life saving’s. YIKES.ReplyCancel

I’ve got like ten minutes to crank this out before my tiny human wakes up from her super short late afternoon/early evening nap. STOP IT NATALIE WE ARE ON THE CLOCK WE DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR NONSENSICAL INTRODUCTORY SENTENCES.

Basically, I’m here to word dump. I’m here to dump words. All over you. 

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I know that Thursday evenings are not the ideal time to post. I get it. But I struggle with this blog. I really do. Because I LOVE it. And because I want to blog every day. But I also want to shower and every day and we all know that ain’t happening. So instead I check in whenever I have news, am feeling ambitious, or have a cute picture that I want the world to see. Oh you mean like today? NO. Never. That doesn’t sound like me at all.

In other news…

Zo moved into her crib this week. Cue the symphony of sad tiny violins because oh my heart, I miss her. I completely expected her to hate it because isn’t transitioning to the crib supposed to be hard and terrible? But y’all I swear the kid hasn’t even NOTICED. And yes, I’m heartbroken. I had no timeline in my head of when she would move into her nursery because I really genuinely loved co-sleeping*. It was so easy, and it worked so very well for us! I’m the laziest mom on planet earth, and it was so convenient to just throw her on the boob every time she stirred.

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(Yes, those are donuts in the bassinet. And WAHHHH what happened to my tiny newborn?!)

But lately she’s been waking so much, and I started to think maybe it was her becoming a light sleeper. I think Taylor and I coming into the room to get in bed was starting to wake her out of a deep sleep, and probably the same for any time he snored or I tossed and turned. She’s been napping full time in her crib since she was around 10 weeks, so on Sunday night I just thought, what the hell – we’ll try it. I laid her down in there and she fell right to sleep (pretty typical) and slept happily until 2am, nursed, slept until 5:45, nursed, and fell back asleep until 8.

I MEAN WHAT THE WHAT. That’s a damn good night of baby sleep y’all! So I’m not here to say she’s fully moved into her crib, I’m just here to say she’s sleeping longer and harder (and so am I) and it came without any tears at all so HALLELUJAH.

*(Oh and in case you’re wondering the internet and all the baby sleep/attachment parenting peeps tell me that co-sleeping is defined as room sharing, while bed-sharing means literally sleeping with your babe all snuggled up next to you in bed. I am totally neutral on all fronts, because I applaud baby sleep in general, no matter where it takes place. Zo sleeping next to me in her bassinest worked super well for us!) 

Last week I wrote a long and almost painfully rambly email to a pregnant friend full of all my baby gear recommendations. Things I love(d). Things I hate(d). Things I feel are worth the money and things I feel are a total waste. Would anyone (Bueller…Bueller) be interested in that for a blog post? Is anyone pregnant? Is EVERYONE pregnant? Discuss. I’ll be here, waiting.

Travel season is almost upon us! This fall we are going SO MANY PLACES. Okay, not so many. Two. We’re going two places. Both of the Allisons in my life are getting married, both out of state! Alli is getting married in Estes Park, CO in August, and Allison is getting married in Bend, OR in September! 

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LOLOL look some Allisons.

So Colorado and Oregon – here we come! Two beautiful states in two months. I can’t WAIT. Basically this year wedding season = travel season and I could not be more stoked about it. I’ve never flown with an infant, but I’ve barely flown with a husband, so we’ll be totally fine, right? Right. 

I’ve made it my personal life goal to try every drink that Starbuck’s can concoct. So when they were like, “Try our Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato! Coconut milk mixed with espresso and a hint of white chocolate, drizzled with mocha and caramel sauce.” I was like,

“OKAY.”

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But y’all….it was the disappointment of the season. OF THE SEASON I SAY. It was a $5 cup of sub-par chocolate coconut milk (where was the coffee?!) and I’ll stick with regular iced coffee from here on out thankyouverymuch. That is, until the caramel brulee latte makes its wintry comeback. I love you CBL, I love you…

If I hear one more word about the mother-loving Nordstrom Anniversary sale I’m going to burn the place to the ground. Okay, you’re right. That was a touch dramatic, I know. But honestly internetfor the love of God – WE GET IT.

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I’m hating pretty hard, but the truth is that I love Nordstrom just as much as the next person. Except maybe I just have less disposable income than the next Nordy’s lover? This year’s sale just feels like a blatant reminder that I can’t afford that $300 pair of boots, even if they are 87% percent off. So the moral of this story is give me all your money. Thanks and BYEEEEE.

Taylor’s birthday is next week and HELP I don’t know what to get him. <—– That was Zoey typing, definitely not me. Because unlike my ungrateful daughter, I have an incredibly thoughtful and meticulously chosen birthday gift that will knock his socks off.  

But seriously….help.

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Andddddddd the princess is awake! And I’m hungry. And she’s probably hungry. And I’d be willing to bet that Taylor is hungry too. We’re all hungry gotta go byeeeee. 

PS – Come back tomorrow because Friday Favorites are totally making a comeback!

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • Kelli

    I would love a baby gear must-haves/waste of money blog post!! I’m due in October, I really enjoy reading your blog and seeing your snapchats.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Ok YAY! And thanks for following! :)ReplyCancel

  • Yes to the baby gear post! I love hearing people’s opinions on that stuff. And amen to the Nordstrom post overload. I get it-there’s a big sale and everyone and their mom wants to tell me about the 5739 they ordered and reviewed them. I’m pretty sure my husband would kill me if I ordered $800 worth of stuff to try on and decide what to keep. Just me?ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      I mean RIGHT. I don’t even really mind someone sharing their top favorites, but it’s really really hard for me not to feel like they’re just digging for affiliate links when it becomes MULTIPLE posts after posts after posts.

      And YAY to baby gear! It’s so tricky to know, because all babies and houses and families are so different, but I’m glad to hear a few people are interested!ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    Yes, please share the list of baby items I need. Or rather the ones I don’t need, because I am probably buying all the wrong stuff. Thanks a ton!ReplyCancel

  • Toi

    My daughter is almost 3, but I want to see that list! I love seeing what works and what doesn’t work for other moms. I think it’s so interesting.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      I agree, it really is interesting!ReplyCancel

  • Kayley

    1) Do NOT order the Sangria Tea thingamabob at Starbucks because it’s all sorts of not good. Just not good. Iced soy mocha with just one pump for life.

    2) Yes, for the love of whomever you pray/speak/silently curse to, enough with the Nordstrom sale. When one of my favorite interior design bloggers posted about all the clothes one should buy, I was like, “Ugh. Gross.” Then a cooking, A COOKING, blogger spit out 5 (!) posts about the sale, so I unfollowed because yo, I want my recipes, not your blatant grab for affiliate link money.

    That is all. Love your blog.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      UGH I KNOW. I looooove Starbuck’s but sometimes it blows my mind what they will serve. I saw apple juice was an ingredient and thought, “ummmmmmmm how is that at all like sangria?!”ReplyCancel

  • You crack me up. I love it. The crib transfer OMG. We did it at 2.5 months and I literally sat outside her door and sobbed while she took her first nap in the crib. Pathetic. It just seemed like such a grown up thing for her to do and I was not prepared for it to emotionally destroy me, but I was still thrilled beyond words at the same time. Which is pretty much motherhood in a nutshell.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      I know, it’s like SUCH an independent move!! Definitely love/hate. And YES to motherhood…why why why is it so bittersweet all the time?!ReplyCancel

  • baby gear post=yes. I am pregnant with #2, and even in two years, stuff has changed so much that I feel like I need a refresher course on baby stuff. is that bad? because it makes me think i’ll need a lot of refreshing on how to take care of the actual baby again…ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Some of the stuff I saw while registering was flat out ridiculous. It really amazes me the things that people will throw their money at, and I can’t imagine how much the baby gear game changes from one kid to the next. At least you’re a seasoned pro now!ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    I’m pregnant and would love to read about baby gear!ReplyCancel

  • I would love a baby gear recommendations post! I’m due in December but already started on my registry because picking out baby gear is super overwhelming!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Okay y’all have talked me into it! :)ReplyCancel

  • HEATHER

    Wait What?! i love starbucks new Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato! I do agree about the Nordstorm sale tho. Its totally over advertised.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      OKAY – the more I read the glowing ICMMM reviews, the more I wonder if I just got a crappy barista version! But it’s probably good I hated it, I can’t really afford to go falling in love with anymore $5 drinks…YIKES. HahaReplyCancel

  • What IS the deal about the Nordstrom sale???? Thanks but no. Old Navy sales, now I can be down for that. Except I’m even too cheap for that sometimes. Help.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Hahahahaha SAME. Like…if a shirt is under $10, that’s when I consider it a steal. Under $100?? UM NO. Why are we even talking about this?!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley

    Oh please, oh please do one on all things baby gear love!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Please post pictures of you and Zo whenever. Thursday night, Tuesday morning… Whatever. She’s the cutest and so are you. Yay for good baby sleep.. Take it however you can get it? :)ReplyCancel